When it comes to powerful women in politics, Texas lobbyist Andrea Williams is at the top of the list. She has already been named in Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power and Texas Monthly’s Power Profiles for big players in legislative affairs. Not only does Andrea McWilliams bring a lot to the table when lobbying, but she is also an avid philanthropist.
McWilliams started her career in politics as a Chief of Staff at age 21. Now she is the Co-Founder of McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants with her husband Dean. Throughout her career she has helped to represent several large organizations, including some non-profit organizations like KillCancer and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She was also the person who spearheaded lobbying efforts to get over $100 million in credits for the State in order to build the first advanced clean coal power plant that captures carbon in the world.
When she is not lobbying, it is likely that Andrea McWilliams is either giving back or volunteering. McWilliams is currently on several boards for non-profit organizations, including HeartGift, the Elisabeth Ann Seton Hospital, and Austin Children in Crisis. She also serves on several boards that aim to preserve Austin, including Preservation Austin, the Pease Park Conservancy, and Ballet Austin. She even served as the President of Inherit Austin, an organization formed to preserve the architectural style of historical Austin, Texas.
With all of these events going on in her life, it is no wonder that Andrea McWilliams has won several awards for her work. She was recently named as a finalist in the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce Texas Businesswoman of the Year 2016. She has also been honored as a member of Austin American-Statesman’s Glossy 8 List. She was also awarded with distinction by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. She is truly one of the most powerful women in politics today.